New e-resources from the College Library

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC now provides members with access to two excellent clinical resources, MD Consult and Access Medicine ( These resources provide clinicians with access to a wide breadth of evidence-based resources for medical care. Each provides a comprehensive search platform for retrieval of information across multiple titles.

MD Consult, produced by Else­vier, offers clinical decision support through online access to medical textbooks, journals, practice guidelines, and patient handouts. The latest editions of favorite medical textbooks such as Conn’s Current Therapy 2011 and Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics are available. Clinicians can keep abreast of current practice guidelines by consulting the list of regularly updated guidelines. 

One section of MD Consult is First Consult, a clinical decision-support tool that uses evidence-based information to deliver quick answers to point-of-care questions. 

Access Medicine, produced by Mc­Graw-Hill, provides clinicians with access to electronic medical texts, USMLEasy Lite, diagnostic tools, and multimedia resources. Well-respected titles, such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine are available 24/7. 

USMLEasy Lite is a bank of questions to prepare for sitting the USMLE licensing exam. Information on common laboratory tests is available either from Nicoll’s Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests or Diagnosaurus, a McGraw-Hill tool for browsing by symptom, disease, or organ system. 

The multimedia section contains procedural videos and recorded audio recordings of sounds such as heart murmurs and vesicular lung sounds.
—Karen MacDonell
—Robert Melrose
—Judy Neill
Library Co-Managers

This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS, Robert Melrose, Judy Neill. New e-resources from the College Library. BCMJ, Vol. 53, No. 8, October, 2011, Page(s) 439 - College Library.

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